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Considering A Surf Coast Sea Change?

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so much in our lives.

From how we work to the way we live, this year has created challenges and change at a pace never before seen.

Here in Victoria, we’ve been hit particularly hard. This has caused some to reconsider what’s really important, and question how and where they want to live. For many, the answer is a sea or tree change to the Surf Coast.

With Melbourne’s long, strict lockdown finally easing, many are itching to escape the city’s notorious “ring of steel”. Some are hoping to make their getaway more permanent, with a surge of sea and tree changers predicted to head to the regions, including the Surf Coast.

Let’s take a look at why and how that’s happening.

Who’s moving out?

It’s no secret that Melbourne’s population is growing. However, much of this growth comes from new migrants – last year alone, over 77,000 people arrived in Melbourne from overseas.

At the same time, there’s another trend happening. Even before the pandemic hit, more people than ever were moving from cities to regional areas. And it’s no longer just the domain of retirees: almost 80 per cent of those moving to regional areas are under 50.

Before 2020, a major concern for people considering such a move was employment. But we’ve now seen how effective and flexible remote working can be. And with experts predicting that work-from-home is largely here to stay, this opens up the choice of where to live.

So it looks like the sea and tree change is set to really take off. During Melbourne’s second lockdown we were inundated with enquiries, and once Melburnians are free to visit regional

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Victoria on 9 November we expect a flood of interest in inspections.

I have to say I’m not surprised. There’s a lot to love about life on the Surf Coast.


The best of the Surf Coast

A lower mortgage, low-density living, a quieter, more sustainable lifestyle, access to nature and the outdoors, quality time with family, tight-knit communities, excellent education options, strong transport links to Melbourne and Geelong. Why wouldn’t you want to live here?

Renowned as one of the most liveable regions in Victoria, the Surf Coast offers some wonderful places to live. Start your search at Torquay, the gateway to the Great Ocean Road and a beach-lover’s paradise. Last year, Torquay was one of the top 10 places searched in Victoria for house and land options.

Known for its small, friendly community, Aireys Inlet is home to the respected Lighthouse Literary Fest, secluded swimming spots and stunning ocean views. Then there’s Anglesea – with beautiful parks and beaches, riverside walks, galleries to explore and Sunday markets, Anglesea is truly a wonderful place to call home.

Making the move: how to do it

As with any big decision, it pays to do your homework and plan ahead. Here’s a quick checklist to help make the process as smooth as possible.

  • Visit. If you’ve got a few locations in mind, make sure you visit all of them, allowing yourself enough time to get a feel for each place.
  • Research. This includes the town you’re thinking of moving to, as well as schools, shops and other amenities, medical facilities, driving times to work, etc.
  • Rent. Once you’ve settled on an area, consider renting first so you can be sure it’s right before you buy.
  • Connect. After you’ve moved, tap into the community through sporting associations, volunteering and other community groups.

Looking to make your sea or tree change to the glorious Surf Coast? Call me today.